Serendipity Peak

Trip Category: 
SC - Scrambling
Interesting Facts: 

Serendipity is an unofficial name for an outlier of Pyriform S5 laying between Head, Cat and Trap Creeks. It was named in October of 2005 by Bob Spirko when he surprised himself by finding a reasonable route to the summit from highway 40. It can also be used to tag the nearby, official summit of Patterson's Peak, which is otherwise inaccessible as a reasonable day trip.

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YDS Class: 
3rd Class

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Trip Date: 
Saturday, October 28, 2017
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After several weekends in a row of very low motivation, I finally felt the call of the mountains again as the last weekend of October 2017 approached. My apathy the weeks previous had been mostly due to typical fall conditions - hurricane force winds in the front ranges, despite warm temperatures. I've done a lot of front range hikes and scrambles in these conditions and they're never as fun as you imagine they'll be when planning them. It's like peak bagging in Waterton. The peaks are always more enjoyable afterwards, when looking at the photos without the wind trying to blow you off the peak!


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Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 2 : you fall, you sprain your wrist
Difficulty Notes: 

Some routefinding, moderate scrambling to Serendipity and bunches of height gains and losses to Patterson's Peak.